Ikebukuro Food Guide!What to eat?Best Restaurant Recommendations

Ikebukuro Food Guide!What to eat?Restaurant Recommendations

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  • Food that can only be eaten in Ikebukuro (Tokyo)
  • Recommended food and best restaurants in Ikebukuro (Tokyo)

1.Ikebukuro Specialties

Owl is pronounced “fukuro” in Japanese.
The pronunciation of Ike”bukuro# is similar to owl.

Therefore, in Ikebukuro, there is a custom of decorating the exterior, interior and products of shops with owls.
Let’s eat owls at a shop from Ikebukuro.

1-1.Ikebukuro Miharado IKE Bukuro Monaka

Ikebukuro Miharado IKE Bukuro Monaka

Since Ikebukuro Miharado was founded in Ikebukuro, Tokyo in 1937,It is loved by many people in Ikebukuro, including the local literary master Rampo Edogawa (who is the model for Bungo Stray Dogs).

IKE Bukuro Monaka is in the shape of an owl made Miharado.
Monaka is a Japanese sweet with sweet beans on the inside and two crispy wafers made from pounded rice on the outside.

>Ikebukuro Miharado

1-2.A gift from an owl at Takase

A gift from an owl at Takase

Takase is a western confectionery and bakery founded in 1920.
Baked sweets in retro packages are loved by the people of Ikebukuro.

Assorted “Almond Tuile” and “Enga Dinner” in a special package with the theme of “Ikebukuro Souvenir”.


2.Recommended for MUJI fans! Food you can only find in Ikebukuro

The head office of MUJI is located in Higashi-Ikebukuro.
There are many MUJI stores in the Ikebukuro area.
There are also unique and experimental MUJI stores.

2-1.Ice cream/Hamburgers at MUJI Itabashi Minamicho 22

Ice cream at MUJI Itabashi Minamicho 22
It is Kanto’s one of largest MUJI, which was completed in 2022.
If you walk from Ikebukuro station, it takes more than 15 minutes.

Hamburgers at MUJI Itabashi Minamicho 22
There are hamburgers that can only be eaten here, and MUJI’s first ice stand.

> MUJI Itabashi Minamicho 22

3.Recommended Best Restaurants in Ikebukuro

3-0.Best Restaurants loved by locals in Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro has many restaurants to choose from. If you get lost, go here and you won’t go wrong.

Kitchen ABC

Kitchen ABC(キッチンABC)

Kitchen ABC is “Yoshoku” restaurant with its own menu.

▲Oriental Rice
▲Oriental Rice

Yoshoku refers to Western-style Japanese cuisine that developed independently in Japan.
There are two stores in Ikebukuro, one at the east exit and the other at the west exit.

>Kitchen ABC Offcial Site
※There is a link to the English menu in the middle of the page.

Sushi no Midori

Sushi no Midori

Midori is a stand-up sushi restaurant located in Echika in the basement of Ikebukuro Station.

Sushi no Midori

There is no English explanation, but you can order while looking at the photos on the touch panel.

I recommend the set menu, where you only need to order once.

NAMACHAんBrewing(Smoke Beer Factory)

NAMACHAんスタンド 椎名町店

NAMACHAんBrewing is a brewery that brews beer around Ikebukuro(Siinamachi,Kitaikebukuro,Otsuka).

NAMACHAんスタンド 椎名町店

There are also restaurants where you can enjoy smoked dishes together.
Recommended for craft beer lovers.

>Smoke Beer Factory

Grouped by food category( ̄▽+ ̄*)

3-1.Ikebukuro Best Ramen Restaurants

Raman is Japanese noodles in many kinds of soup that you can choose from and very popular food in Japan.

>Ramen list


Ikebukuro SoySource(shoyu)Raman/Ramen Hayashida

Shoyu is a Japanese condiment made by maturing a mixture of soybeans, wheat, and sea salt.

>Ikebukuro SoySource(shoyu)Raman Restaurants

Miso Raman

Ikebukuro Miso Ramen/Mendokoro Hanada

Miso is a condiment in paste form made by slowly fermenting and maturing steamed soy beans with salt and koji (rice malt).

>Ikebukuro Miso Raman Restaurants

Shio (Salt) Ramen

Ikebukuro Shio (Salt) Ramen/Menya Hululu

>Shio (Salt) Ramen Restaurants in Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro Chicken(Chicken based soup)Raman

Ikebukuro Chicken Ramen/Ginza Kagari

>Ikebukuro Chicken(Chicken based soup)Raman Restaurants

Gyokai (seafood) soup Raman

Ikebukuro Gyokai (seafood) soup Raman/Noodle VOICE

>Ikebukuro Gyokai (seafood) soup Raman Restaurants

Tonkotsu(Pork bone based broth)Ramen

Ikebukuro Tonkotu Ramen/TONCHIN

>Ikebukuro Tonkotsu(Pork bone based broth)Ramen Restaurants


Ikebukuro Tantanmen@Rokubo Tantan-men

Tantanmen is a kind of Ramen noodle.
It is the typical Japanese-style localized Chinese Sichuan cuisine dandannoodles.
The characteristic of Tantan-men noodles is that they are numb and spicy.

>Ikebukuro Tantanmen Restaurants


AburaSoba/MazeSoba in Ikebukuro/Miharu

Aburasoba,Mazesoba means No soup Ramen .
Mix the sauce on the bottom of the bowl with the noodles and ingredients.

>AburaSoba/MazeSoba Restaurants in Ikebukuro


Ikebukuro Tsukemen/Higashi Ikebukuro Taishoken Honten

Tsukemen is similar to Ramen.
Noodles and soup are served separately.
You dip the noodles into the dipping soup(broth) and eat them.

>Ikebukuro TsukeMen Restaurants

Spicy Raman

Ikebukuro Spicy Raman/Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto

>Ikebukuro Spicy Raman Restaurants

3-2.Ikebukuro Best Noodles expect Ramen Restaurants

Ikebukuro has good noodles expect Ramen!!

Spaghetti Napolitan (Japanese food)

Spaghetti Napolitan in Ikebukuro/Cafe de Paris

Spaghetti Napolitan is a Japanese pasta dish, not an Italian or Naples dish.
There is a dish called “Spaghetti alla Napoletana” with a similar name, but it is completely different.

Typically the dish consists of spaghetti, tomato ketchup or a tomato-based sauce, onion, button mushrooms, green peppers, sausage or bacon.

>Spaghetti Napolitan (Japanese food) Restaurants Ikebukuro

Udon Noodle


Udon is thin and long noodles made by kneading wheat flour and water that is then boiled and eaten.
Generally, it is eaten with hot soup.

Ikebukuro Udon Noodle Restaurants

Curry Udon Noodles

Curry Udon Noodles in Ikebukuro/Curry Udon Hikari

There are many different kinds of udon in Japan.
Here I’ll share “CURRY UDON”.
It is an Udon noodles in a hot, thick curry soup.

>Curry Udon Noodles Restaurants in Ikebukuro


Kisoba AsanoYa / 生蕎麦 浅野屋 池袋本店

Ikebukuro Soba/Buckwheat noodles Restaurants

3-3.Ikebukuro Best Washoku Restaurants

Ikebukuro Sushi

Ikebukuro Sushi /Revolving Sushi Bar Kurasushi

>Ikebukuro Sushi Restaurants


Ikebukuro Tonkatsu/Kimi ni Ageru

Tonkatsu means Japanese pork cutlet or deep fried pork fillet.

>Ikebukuro Tonkatsu Restaurants

Gyukatsu(Beef cutlet)

Ikebukuro Gyukatsu/Gyukatsu Motomura

Gyukatsu is beefcutlet .
It is Japanese dish which beef battered and fried.

>Ikebukuro Gyukatsu(Beef cutlet) Restaurants

Roast Beef Bowl


“Roast Beef Bowl”is Japanese dish, which is a rice topped with roast beef.

>Roast Beef Bowl

Diner(Set Meal Shop)

Diner(Set Meal Shop)Ikebukuro/Yobocho

Diner(Set Meal Shop) Restaurants Ikebukuro


Ikebukuro Tempra,Tendon/Tensei

>Ikebukuro Tempra/Tendon 5Restaurants


Ikebukuro Gyoza /Kailaku Honten

>Ikebukuro Gyoza Restaurants

Rice Ball ,called ”Onigiri”

滋味あふれる豚汁【雑司ヶ谷】おにぎり・とん汁 山太郎

>Ikwbukuro ONIGIRI

3-4.Ikebukuro Best Yosyoku Restaurants

“Yosyoku” is a localized dish of Western food that suits the taste of Japanese people.

Hamburg Steak

Ikebukuro Hamburg Steak/UCHOTEN

>Ikebukuro Hamburg Steak Restaurants

Omelette Rice(omurice)


>Japanese Omelette Rice(omurice) Restaurants in Ikebukuro

Japanese CurryRice

Ikebukuro Japanese CurryRice/Kasei Curry

>Ikebukuro Japanese CurryRice Restaurants

3-5.Breweries in Ikebukuro

Inkhorn Brewing:インクホーンブルーイング
Let’s look at the brewing tanks and taste “homemade beer” and “craft beer” made near Ikebukuro.

>Breweries in Ikebukuro

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